Anthropology-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 16

ARCHIVES 30 October 2014 Q1. In what ways is Functionalism different from Structural Functionalism? (350 words, 20 marks) Reference: Q2. Bring out the contribution of Turner and Geertz in symbolic and interpretive theories in Anthropology. (250 words, 15 works) Reference: Q3. Point out the differences in the concepts of classical evolution and neo-evolutionism in socio-cultural …

Public Administration-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 43

ARCHIVES 30 October 2014 Topic – Processes of conceptualisation Answer in 250 words: 1. “The activities of public administrators at various stages of the policy process illustrate the difficulty of divorcing politics from administration.” Comment. 2. “Public administration can be portrayed as wheel of relationships focussed on the formulation and implementation of public policy.” Explain. …

[UPSC Mains-2014] Insights Secure Questions on Current Events, 30 October 2014

ARCHIVES 30 October 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words: 1) In India, allocation of precious natural resources to public and private companies has generated controversy and judicial intervention thanks to issues such as corruption and opaqueness in allocation. Critically examine what measures the government has taken so far to address these issues …

Urbanization in India: Facts and Issues

Introduction Urban areas have been recognized as “engines of inclusive economic growth”. Of the 121 crore Indians, 83.3 crore live in rural areas while 37.7 crore stay in urban areas, i.e approx 32 % of the population. The census of India, 2011 defines urban settlement as :- All the places which have municipality, corporation, cantonment board …

Economics-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 40

ARCHIVES 29 October 2014 Q1) Discuss the nature and incidence of the problem of rural poverty in India. What suggestion do you offer to solve it? (200 Words) Q2) Examine the role of land reforms on agriculture development in India. What policy measures can quicken the pace in land reforms (60 Marks)

General Studies-2014: Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 48

ARCHIVES 29 October 2014 1) The Great Depression (1928-34) was attended by momentous consequences in the economic as well as in the political sphere. Comment. (200 Words) Reference Reference-2 2) Marxian Communism is primarily the offspring of German Hegelianism and French Socialism. Examine. (200 Words) Reference

The Big Picture – Non-essential imports: How can they be substituted?

Summary: ‘Make In India’ is now accompanied by plans to cut imports. Some key ministries have been asked by the PM to discourage and cut unessential imports and instead manufacture them within the country. Apart from helping to build a better manufacturing base and creating new employment, this move is also aimed to decrease the …

INSIGHTS CURRENT EVENTS: 29 OCTOBER 2014

Bangalore Railway Station Becomes the First Station in the Country to Have Wifi Facility The Indian Railways has successfully implemented Wi-Fi facility in Bangalore City Railway station for providing high speed internet to the passengers. “RailWire” – the retail Broadband distribution model of RailTel Corporation of India Ltd, a PSU of the Ministry of Railways, …

Psychology-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 44

ARCHIVES 29 October 2014 1) Freudians and the neo-Freudians are similar in approach but differ in points of emphasis. Discuss (200 Words)  2) Discuss whether mental health is to be considered only as an absence of mental disease. In this context, explain with suitable examples what is meant by psychosomatic diseases. (250 Words)  

Commerce- 2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 15

ARCHIVES 29 October 2014 1) How should an auditor evaluate cost of gathering evidences for purpose of audit? (250 Words) 2) Write short notes: (200 Words) a) Risks associated with variation between loan maturities and liability maturities of commercial banks and minimisation of these risks without affecting profitability. b) Distinction between Baumol’s Cash-EOQ Model, Miller & Orr Model and Stone …

Sociology-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 45

ARCHIVES 29 October 2014 Answer in 250 words: 1) Discuss the contributions of Durkheim to sociology. How far did his methodology  influence sociological traditions? 2) How does culture influence personality? Can personality influence culture? How? 3) What are the agencies of social control? Which is the most effective one in a  democratic society?

Geography – 2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 24

ARCHIVES 29 October 2014 1) Compare the structure and associated weather conditions of tropical cyclone with that of temperate cyclone. (300 Words) 2) Discuss the mechanism and origin of Monsoon winds and explain the role of El Nino on Monsoon circulation. (300 Words) 3) Write a short note on the Different layers of ocean water above abyssal plain. …

Public Administration-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 42

ARCHIVES 29 October 2014 Topic – Models of policy making and their critique 1. “Public policy is what politics is about.” – Substantiate. (250 Words) 2. ‘Policy making is a series of continuing dynamic processes which are plural and composite.’ Explain. (250 Words) Next Topic – Processes of conceptualisation

[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure Questions on Current Events, 29 October 2014

ARCHIVES 29 October 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words: 1) Do you think the demand for scrapping of section 66A of the Information Technology Act (2000) is justified? In the light of increasing misuse of internet, critically comment. Business Standard 2) Critically examine how the new drug pricing policy introduced in 2012 differed from …

INSIGHTS CURRENT EVENTS: 27 OCTOBER 2014

Commemorative Postage Stamp on Anagarika Dharmapala Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications & IT has brought out a Commemorating Postage Stamp on Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala, the great Buddhist thinker and visionary from Sri Lanka. The release of the commemorative postage stamp on Anagarika Dharmapala is expected to contribute towards further strengthening the bilateral ties between …

INSIGHTS CURRENT AFFAIRS: 25 OCTOBER 2014

DIPP Constitutes IPR Think Tank to Draft National Intellectual Property Rights Policy Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has constituted an IPR Think Tank to draft the National Intellectual Property Rights Policy and to advice the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion on IPR issues. The panel, to be chaired by retired Justice Prabha Sridevan, …